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Trendy Tuesday: Jimmie Johnson Ends Fontana Career Completing Every Lap

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Over the years, Auto Club Speedway has turned into one of the more entertaining races of the season. With an aging track surface (oldest on the Cup circuit), managing tires is a premium and restarts are wild, which is what we saw this past weekend. Even though Fontana favors big teams, small organizations came to …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Entertaining Vegas Weekend, Josh Williams Chats Career-Best Intermediate Finish

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the entertaining weekend of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that saw Joey Logano victorious due to a strategic call. His Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney wound up on the wrong end of the strategy call when his team elected to pit prior to the …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Brandon Jones Transitioning to Team Leader at Joe Gibbs Racing

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At this time two years ago, Brandon Jones was trying to find his footing at Joe Gibbs Racing. Now, two races into the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, he’s becoming one of the team’s leaders. Jones, 23, is in the midst of his fifth full-time season in Xfinity. His first two years were spent with …

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Trendy Tuesday: Some Surprising Results in Sin City

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When the three NASCAR national touring series heads out west for the first intermediate action of the season, typically you get a sense of who is going to be good on the cookie cutter racetracks for the duration of the season. But after a weekend of racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that might not …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Denny Hamlin Wins Daytona 500, Brendan Gaughan Reflects on Career

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff take on a more somber tone, with the incident involving Ryan Newman on the final lap of Monday’s Daytona 500. The duo discusses safety innovations that have come into play over the past two decades and break down the incident in detail. Denny Hamlin was victorious, …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Daniel Hemric Feeling Recharged Entering First Race with JR Motorsports

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It’s not often you see a driver win the NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and immediately drop back down to the lower divisions of the sport. But that’s what happened to Daniel Hemric for 2020. Hemric, 29, spent 2019 with Richard Childress Racing at the Cup level. With just two top-10 …

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Trendy Tuesday: Xfinity, Truck Underdogs Overachieve at Daytona

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Whenever NASCAR goes superspeedway racing — four weekends per year — you know there’s going to be some wild stats following the conclusion of every race. After the opening weekend of 2020, this still stands true. Underdogs came to play in both the Truck and Xfinity national touring series this past weekend. Not a shocker …

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Xfinity Breakdown: Noah Gragson Kicks Off 2020 with Victory at Daytona, Underdogs Finish Well

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Last year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series opener was horrendous with a single-file parade around the top. Saturday’s (Feb. 15) NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway was anything but, as it was action packed throughout the event. Come the end, it was first-time winner Noah Gragson celebrating on the famed track’s frontstretch. The opening two …

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Natalie Decker Earns Best Finish for Female in Truck Series History at Daytona

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One year ago, Natalie Decker‘s race at Daytona was over at the end of the first lap. On Friday, she made history by becoming the first female to score a top-five finish in Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series history. Decker began the NextEra Energy 250 from 30th position, riding around for much of the …

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Jimmie Johnson Feeling Good Heading into Daytona 500

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Jimmie Johnson has one last shot to add to his Daytona 500 trophy collection, and he’s feeling confident about heading it following Thursday’s (Feb. 13) Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona. After starting on the front row, Johnson quickly faded back as his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron got a bad restart from the second row. …

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